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Florence man sentenced to 15 years for role in sex trafficking operation

(MGN graphic/Chris O'Sullivan)

A group of men were sentenced today in United States District Court in Charleston for their roles in a conspiracy to force underage girls and young women into sex trafficking throughout the southeast, and one of them was from Florence, according to a news release from United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon.

Damon Jackson (aka “D”, aka “Daddy Frost”) was sentenced to 40 years after being previously convicted at trial in March 2017 along with two co-defendants Bakari McMillan, a/k/a “Bizzle”, age 25, of Columbia, and Corey Miller, a/k/a “Clow”, a/k/a “C”, a/k/a “OG P”, age 44, of Orangeburg.

McMillan was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for his conviction on one count charging Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking along with one count of Trafficking of a Minor for Sex Involving Force, Fraud, and Coercion.

Miller was convicted of the conspiracy count and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud, or Coercion.

The remaining defendants previously pled guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking, according to the release:

  • Defendant Desmond Singletary, a/k/a “Six”, age 32, of Florence, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.
  • Defendant Tremel Black, a/k/a “Sincere”, a/k/a “New York”, age 33, of New York, was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment.
  • Defendant Robert Black, a/k/a “Kareem Banks”, a/k/a “Nino Black”, a/k/a “Black”, age 47, of New York, received a sentence of 20 years imprisonment.
  • Defendant Kerry Taylor, a/k/a “KJ”, age 23, of Columbia, was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment.
  • Defendant Ryan Turner, a/k/a “Gotti” , a/k/a “Qweezy”, age 25, of Columbia, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
  • Defendant Da’Shun Curry, a/k/a “Dae Dae”, age 25, of Columbia, was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment.
  • Defendant Howard Parker, a/k/a “Poppa”, age 25, of Columbia was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment.

Singletary had been previously charged in connection with a shooting in Florence.

According to evidence presented at the trial and sentencing hearings, the defendants "preyed on over 100 vulnerable female victims, many minors, forcing them on an almost a daily basis to have sex with numerous “Johns” a night from 2014 through the summer of 2016," the release stated.

The men reportedly used "brutal tactics," including physical beatings, brandings, supplying and withholding of drugs, threats, and various other forms of psychological manipulation in order to ensure their victims complied with a series of rules that were imposed upon them.

As part of their sentences, all of the defendants were given lifetime supervision, mandatory registration as a sex offender, and participation in a computer/internet monitoring program, amongst other conditions imposed on convicted sex offenders.

“These sentences send the clear message that human trafficking will not be tolerated in South Carolina,” said United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon. “The defendants in this case preyed on some of the most vulnerable among us. Without the coordinated effort of the investigative team, these atrocities may never have come to light.”

“Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, and the threats and abuse inflicted on these particular victims only adds to the heinous nature of the crime,” said Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations Atlanta Nick S. Annan. “HSI is committed to working with our federal, state and local partners to find and prosecute criminal traffickers while ensuring the victims of this terrible crime are rescued and get the care they need.”

The case was investigated by Special Agent Shawn Caines with Homeland Security Investigations and Detective Charlie Benton with the City of North Charleston Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Matt Austin and Rhett Dehart of the Charleston office prosecuted the case.

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